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Short story collection cover advice
« on: June 19, 2017, 08:17:46 AM »
I'm updating one of my short story collection paperbacks to include my latest Amazon-exclusive novelette, and I've updated the cover as well.

Warmache is pronounced "War-mock," and it's the name of the sentient ax on the cover.

I'll update the digital-only cover with whatever we end up doing here. Obviously, the "and other stories" won't be on there, since the KU version of Warmache won't gave red extra stories. This paperback is only available fir purchase directly from me at an event or apperance.

Is the "& Other Stories" on the spine too close to the title? Any thoughts? Complaints? Suggestions? (snipped for latest version)

Based on Griffin Carmichael/she-la-ti-da's suggestion, here's another option to consider... (snipped for latest version)

I could also add "And Other Stories" from the second option to the first, but the spine has "& Other Stories." Is that an issue?

Should I increase the height of "Warmache" on the cover to match the spine height of the author name, and the barcode on the back?

I've shifted the art up to kill a little bit of the dead space and to have more yellow behind my author name.

creativeparamita: Do you still think that the white text on the spine needs to be on a single line? What about everyone else?

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Re: Short story collection cover advice
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 08:56:32 AM »
To be honest, there's a lot of blank space up top where I'd put the title, at least. Or the author name. That's a creepy... thing there. shiver
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Re: Short story collection cover advice
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2017, 09:21:09 AM »
To be honest, there's a lot of blank space up top where I'd put the title, at least. Or the author name. That's a creepy... thing there. shiver

I've updated the first post with an alternate version based on your suggestion. Thoughts?

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Re: Short story collection cover advice
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2017, 12:11:11 PM »
I like the second one. I think you need '& other stories' on the front cover so readers know it's not a novel. You could leave a bit more space on the spine.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2017, 12:32:41 PM »
Yep, second one.

Run your author name across the top to at least balance the width of the title below.

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Re: Short story collection cover advice
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2017, 12:43:13 PM »
I like the second one. I think you need '& other stories' on the front cover so readers know it's not a novel. You could leave a bit more space on the spine.
What does Warmache mean? I thought at first it said war machine  ::)

I thought so too. Definitely put & other stories on the front cover. And yes, you do need more space on the spine between Warmache and & other stories.



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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2017, 12:49:23 PM »
I've updated the original post with the latest version. Should I increase the height of "Warmache" to match the spine height of the author name, and the barcode on the back? Any more suggestions?
I like the second one. I think you need '& other stories' on the front cover so readers know it's not a novel. You could leave a bit more space on the spine.
What does Warmache mean? I thought at first it said war machine  ::)
Yep, second one.

Run your author name across the top to at least balance the width of the title below.
I thought so too. Definitely put & other stories on the front cover. And yes, you do need more space on the spine between Warmache and & other stories.


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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 02:37:47 PM »
I've updated the original post with the latest version. Should I increase the height of "Warmache" to match the spine height of the author name, and the barcode on the back? Any more suggestions?

The only place I think you need to increase the height is your name on the front cover.


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Re: Short story collection cover advice
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2017, 03:06:39 PM »
The only place I think you need to increase the height is your name on the front cover.

I pretty much second that. The width now balances perfectly. Excellent. But the space of the picture...

It is certainly a great picture. Maybe consider shifting it upwards? Increasing the height font of WARMACHE and then also maybe doubling the height of your name-font.

In a thumbnail, most of the look will be yellow and black. Make your title rip out of a thumbnail with ease. Also, making your name too small delivers a message that the author is unimportant. It might be unimportant to you, but make your name part of your "brand" - because it is.  ;)

so far, you cover changes are definite improvements.

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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2017, 03:13:37 PM »
These are the suggestion I believe can make the design more effective and attractive, something I would have done.
The spacing between the characters in your name should be reduced a bit in the front cover, that will make it more visible at the moment I am have trouble reading first 'M' and last 'R'
Name of the Book and subtitle should be adjusted accordingly and a little bit breathing space between them may be a good idea.

In the spine you should not break the subtitle in two lines rather have it in a single line and present it in the center, reduce the title size by a tiny bit and that should do the trick.

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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2017, 03:36:57 PM »
Shifting the picture upwards would expand the yellow zone a bit for your name impact and then also raise the axe above the title.

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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2017, 03:44:44 PM »
Thank you all! I've updated the original post with the latest. I'm still gunning for suggestions...

creativeparamita: Do you still think that the white text on the spine needs to be on a single line?
The only place I think you need to increase the height is your name on the front cover.
I pretty much second that. The width now balances perfectly. Excellent. But the space of the picture...

It is certainly a great picture. Maybe consider shifting it upwards? Increasing the height font of WARMACHE and then also maybe doubling the height of your name-font.

In a thumbnail, most of the look will be yellow and black. Make your title rip out of a thumbnail with ease. Also, making your name too small delivers a message that the author is unimportant. It might be unimportant to you, but make your name part of your "brand" - because it is.  ;)

so far, you cover changes are definite improvements.
Shifting the picture upwards would expand the yellow zone a bit for your name impact and then also raise the axe above the title.
These are the suggestion I believe can make the design more effective and attractive, something I would have done.
The spacing between the characters in your name should be reduced a bit in the front cover, that will make it more visible at the moment I am have trouble reading first 'M' and last 'R'
Name of the Book and subtitle should be adjusted accordingly and a little bit breathing space between them may be a good idea.

In the spine you should not break the subtitle in two lines rather have it in a single line and present it in the center, reduce the title size by a tiny bit and that should do the trick.

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« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2017, 04:04:18 PM »
Thank you all! I've updated the original post with the latest. I'm still gunning for suggestions...

creativeparamita: Do you still think that the white text on the spine needs to be on a single line?

I like the way you have increase the size of the texts in the front, its ways more readable now, looks perfect.
In the spine if you don't want to write in a single line at least try using '&' in a line and other two words broken in two lines as below.



 

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« Reply #13 on: June 19, 2017, 04:11:17 PM »
Looks good!


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« Reply #14 on: June 19, 2017, 05:05:58 PM »
I like it! The image is creepy in a good way and making more black makes the title pop out more.

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« Reply #15 on: June 19, 2017, 05:28:28 PM »
Hm. I liked the picture as it was positioned, and I would have put the title up there (with the sub title). But, that's me. I'm odd. Not fond of how you have the author name spaced out so, it could be kerned closer and made a titch larger.

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« Reply #16 on: June 19, 2017, 06:13:46 PM »
I prefer the second cover, but I like the bolder treatment of the author's name on the first cover.
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2017, 06:14:31 PM »
I may try to position the title at the top. That'll definitely be better for displaying in the rack at events:


Hm. I liked the picture as it was positioned, and I would have put the title up there (with the sub title). But, that's me. I'm odd. Not fond of how you have the author name spaced out so, it could be kerned closer and made a titch larger.

Anyway, improving from the first one, for sure!

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« Reply #18 on: June 19, 2017, 06:16:17 PM »
I prefer the second cover, but I like the bolder treatment of the author's name on the first cover.
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